Garden Girl Skincare Reviewed

by JoyceyCouture on 13.Jan.2009 · 12 comments

And now an article from Bionic Beauty’s guest contributor, Joycey Couture… she’s here with a review of the Garden Girl’s skincare line!

A chance to test their top products?  I’m in!

Pucker Up Coconut – Exfoliating body scrub
with turbiando sugar, lime and coconut

This sugar scrub smells like a summer day in the midst of winter!  Although, I must admit, I haven’t seen anything but sunshine and sandy beaches down here in Florida. Yummy lime and coconut overcame my senses as I twisted open the top and suddenly had the urge to skip down to the beach!  I fought against my cravings and jumped in shower to test out this earth friendly scrub.

What I found? After using this product, I’ve considered writing to Kristin Miller (founder/owner of Garden Girl skincare) to have the name changed from Pucker Up to Surf’s up.  It’s very comparable to a lazy afternoon, relaxing at the beach.  Ahh…

Although my favorite smelling of the Garden Girl bunch, I honestly wasn’t incredibly impressed with the results.  But I’m partial to a more grainy exfoliating wash and tend to steer clear of the sugar scrubs for this exact reason.

This product has a gentle and subtle aura about it and, when exfoliating, I prefer something a little harsher with some kind of immediate result.  I guess that’s a result of living in fast paced Miami for so long. (Bionic Beauty says… she likes gentle sugar scrubs better. That’s what makes us all unique. We love different things.) $22 for a *huge* 8 ounce tub at Garden Girl.
Pucker Up Coconut body scrub by Garden Girl skin care

You’re Fresh (and so clean, clean?) – Herbal Face Cleanser
with aloe, herbal extracts, tea tree oil, and silk protein

I’ve been using this face cleanser all week (and might I add, it is *that* week- you know, the week of hormonal chaos), so You’re Fresh was really put to the test; especially after I was commanded, by sister BB, to leave ALL beauty products at home.

If I may quote our beloved BB- “Come with nothing and I mean not a thing.  I don’t want to see shampoo, soap, lotion, or makeup in your bag. (Insert Bionic ‘grr’ here.)” So here I am, with out my daily dose (or dose and a half) of Clean & Clear.  Gasp!

Now, I must tell you- it’s pretty typical for me to have a few pimples during my period.  It has always seemed inevitable! When, what to my wondering eyes should appear?  No break outs!  Not one.  Not one glistening ‘lil Rudolph type blemish ALL week! Or even a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. 😉

Although I wasn’t entirely sure that this was due to simply the wash or the complete line of products I’ve used religiously throughout this week- so please, do keep reading. You’re Fresh cleanser is $25 for a 4oz bottle.
You're Fresh face cleanser wash by Garden Girl

Even Ste(pH)en – Hydrating Toner
w/ skin-firming DMAE, hyaluronic acid and herbal extracts

I’ll be honest, I’ve never used a toner.

I’m a simplest in more ways than one.  Some even consider me to be a hippie of sorts.  I’ve always washed my face morning and night.  Perhaps adding a mask or two a week.  Always following up with my routine Oil Free Oil of Olay lotion.  Then, I hit the hay.  Crash.
And that’s it.  Bare bones. Stick with what works, right?

(Keep on reading… lots more…)

And why?! I turn 27 next month.  Which means- I’m on the prowl for anything and everything that says “skin firming.”

Even Ste(pH)en says just that!  It caught my attention and I’ve been a toner lover ever since. It’s refreshing and I can almost feel my skin contracting.

Although I’m sure I need longer than a week to know the true effects, I must say-  this product, in addition to You’re Fresh, have left me acne free and completely moisturized each, and every humid Florida day. Get Even Ste(ph)en toner at Garden Girl. A bottle is 4 ounces and runs $18.
Even Ste(ph)en hydrating toner by Garden Girl

Hand it to You – Hand Repair Cream
w/ aloe, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and antioxidants

It’s that time of year- family, friends, resolutions, new acquaintances and… dry hands.  Argh.

From the rigid, snow covered north to the dry, icy Midwest, to even the most tropical climates (ahem, Melbourne, Florida)- which lotion should you turn too?

Hand it to You works overtime.  It even helped cozy up my flip flop drained feet! Save your money on that monthly mani/pedi and try out this Garden Girl’s must have. Garden Girl’s Hand it to You comes in a 4 ounce jar, more of a butter consistency ($15) or a 8 ounce pump bottle for a lotion formula ($25).

Hand it To You hand lotion by Garden Girl

Hugs – Vanilla Body Butter
w/ Shea butter, aloe, hyaluronic acid and green tea

Do you prefer a thick moisturizing cream or a lightweight lotion?  You’re answer will determine your wants and needs when it comes to Garden Girl’s product line.

I adored Hugs.  It was an intense moisturizer, yet easily spreadable.  And the scent!?  Delectable. Hugs Body Butter is $16 for a 4 ounce jar… or get a better bargain with the 8oz jar for $26!

If you do tend to stick to light weight lotions, I wouldn’t hesitate to insist you try Garden Girl’s Alive, Jump Start, Mellow or Chill Out body lotions.  Every product I’ve encountered has been exceptional!
Hugs body butter by Garden Girl skincare

Let me and BB know what you think of them!

Coming soon to a Bionic Beauty near you… Joycey Couture reviews the long term effects of Garden Girl’s…

  • Starting Over – Non-drying Microdermobrasion Scrub
    w/ Shea butter, avocado oil and jojoba
  • No Worries – Anti Wrinkle Cream
    w/ aloe, jojoba, DMAE, and hyaluronic acid
  • Break Free – Fruit Acid Gel
    w/ lactic, glycolic, and pyruvic acids

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 joycey couture January 13, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I can’t wait to hear what others think of the Garden Girl line! :)


2 michele fraley August 1, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Joycey,Hey, Loved your review of Garden Girl. Have just discovered BB website and have been looking through the archived atricles. Imagine my surprise when I noted that you are from Melbourne, FL. Me too. I must hang out in the wrong circles, because all of my friends here think I am a Product Junkie! I am! It would be great to meet someone with the same interests locally. I am an RN in the ER at HRMC. I am their resident “go to” person with all problems relating to beauty. Would love to hear your take on local spas, hair stylist etc. I have been following the same Stylist around town for 8 years. From Sillouttes to The Salon in Eau Gallie. Could really use a change. Hope to hear from you! Michele


3 Bionic Beauty August 3, 2009 at 11:41 am

Hi Michele, I hope you don’t mind… I’m answering for Joycey since she’s at work currently (waves to Joyce!). Joycey is a co-editor here at Bionic Beauty. She writes a few times a month and is now actually in South Caroline. I’m the one (I’m Jami, the founder & editor) who lives in Melbourne.

It’s so great to “hear” from someone local!! And to meet another product junkie. We should check out each other’s stashes one day over coffee. :) It’s funny you mention HRMC. I was just in there for a back procedure. Nothing major. Thankfully I haven’t had to go to the ER lately.

As for salons- I go to Val-Re. They operate in the “backroom” at the salon/spa that’s next to the new Publix in Satellite Beach “Accent on Hair”. I’ve been to Accent on Hair before and it was okay (nothing stellar for sure, just ehhh). But Val-Re is AWESOME! They really listen, make suggestions. It’s this adorable back room crammed full with products and art and cool paint. One lady is Valerie (Val) and the other is Valerie too I believe (Re). That’s my suggestion. I had NO idea they were back there until a friend of mine let me in on the secret. Here’s Accent on Hair’s number: (321) 777-2142. Call them & they can transfer you back to Val-Re & you can set up an appointment or consultation. They aren’t expensive either. I think my cut- wash, cut & style was about $30.

I hope this helps. Feel free to comment back or email anytime! I’m SO excited to have a local reader!!! :)
~Jami (aka Bionic Beauty)


4 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics January 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I love Garden Girl products! I must wash my hands a jillion times a day (occupational hazard), and love Hand It To You. She also has a great mask (ARE YOU LISTENING JAMI??) – Cookies And Cream – that I use religiously, as well as on my daughter’s seriously acne’d skin.


5 Alison January 14, 2009 at 6:46 am

There’s millions of products out there but this is one I’ve used and loved. Go the light weight lotion!!


6 Cleanse Rx January 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Very informative review. The Garden Girl products sound great, especially with it having such a beneficial effect on your breakouts.


7 BionicBeauty January 15, 2009 at 1:11 am

Joycey, thanks for writing us such a wonderful review! As you can tell, there are lots of GG fans here. :)

Robyn, I’m listenin’! I’ve been using my Aztec Secret Clay (green goopy picture to be posted soon… hee!), but I want to try the Cookies n Cream. I’ve had SO many ladies recommend that mask. Do you have a tub? If so, can you check for my nemesis, glycerin?

Alison, Hey! Another GG fan! Hope you stick around for the next round of reviews. And… you are always welcome to submit a Reader Review! Just use the Contact form to email me and I’ll credit the review to you, include your photo if you’d like, and link to your blog/site. It’s great to have the reader’s participate here at BB, so I try to encourage it.

Cleanse Rx, Thanks for the compliments! Joycey had fantastic success with this line. And Welcome to Bionic Beauty! I hope to see you around the blog again. :)

Jami (aka BB)


8 Kristin Miller January 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Hi all! Thanks for the fantastic feedback! I’m thrilled you all are lovng the products. And Jami – the cookies + cream ingredients are:
Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, White Kaolin Clay, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Honey, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ground Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Bean Seeds , germall plus.

No glycerin! Are you allergic?


9 Bionic Beauty January 17, 2009 at 8:47 am

hi Kristin! Thanks so much for responding with the Cookies n’ Cream ingredients. I’m trying to get my face cleared up (after an allergic reaction started it all about 3-4 months ago). So Robyn (at Purely Cosmetics) recommended your Cookies n Cream mask to get it all cleansed out. I just wanted to double check ingredients so I didn’t make anything worse. 😉

Yeppers, I’m allergic to glycerin, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. All things which were fine in my younger years but now make my skin react like crazy.

I really appreciate you stopping by and helping out!


10 Rebekah April 20, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Very interesting. Thank you for sharing!


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